Metro East region events

Come out and enjoy Fall Farm Day, Saturday, Oct. 1 at Willoughby Farm, 632 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. (Photo courtesy of Willoughby Farm) .

Come out and enjoy Fall Farm Day, Saturday, Oct. 1 at Willoughby Farm, 632 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. (Photo courtesy of Willoughby Farm)

SEPT.  29

30th Anniversary Screening of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

Thursday, 8-10 p.m.

Skyview Drive-In, 5700 N. Belt W., Belleville

$20 per vehicle

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Committee is hosting a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 30th Anniversary Screening at Skyview Drive-In. Proceeds will benefit the Healthcare Committee’s annual scholarship fund. For more information, call (618) 233-2015.


OCT.  1

Vintage Voices of Alton

Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

City Cemetery, 100 E. Broadway

$15 adults; $10 students

Alton Little Theater dramatists will portray some of Akron’s former citizens in costumed vignettes that depict their lives and times. For more information, call (618) 462-3205.



Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Edwardsville Township Community Park 6368 Center Grove Road


Children can explore and learn about large vehicles, including fire trucks, farm equipment, and a transit bus. For more information, visit


Nature and Culture Hike

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey St., Collinsville


Three-mile hike with an archaeologist and naturalist through various habitats. Canceled in case of rain. For more information, call (618) 346-5160.


17th Annual Fall Corn Festival

Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey


Many corn-related events to entertain the whole family. For more information, visit


Foraging for Fungi

Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

The Nature Institute, 2213 Levis Lane, Godfrey

$25 per person

Learn which mushrooms are edible and how to make them into tasty meals. After the hike, the group will head back to the lodge to taste test some wonderful recipes. Pre-registration is required by calling (618) 466-9930.


Music 4 Mutts

Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

Central Park, 1 Eaton Ave., Wood River


Four musical groups will entertain. All proceeds will be donated to Hope Animal Rescue. For more information email


Cougars Unleashed Run

Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m.

SIUE Birger Hall Parking Lot, Edwardsville

5K $30; 10K $40

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni sponsors the run which will benefit alumni scholarships for deserving students. Following the run there will be a pancake breakfast. For more information, call (618) 650-5176.


Jersey County Apple Fest

Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

601 N. State St., Jerseyville


Event includes kids’ games, tours, food, quilt raffle and entertainment. For more information, call (618) 639-4749.


Fall Farm Day

Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Willoughby Farm, 632 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville

Small admission fee

Hayrides, live bluegrass music, vintage farm tools and kids’ activities. For more information, visit


Helping Strays Fur Festival

Saturday, all day

4221 Hanover Road, Columbia


Fun run/walk to benefit the Helping Strays facility begins at 8:30 a.m. Fee for the walk is $25 for adults and $15 for youths aged 6-12. Event includes food and activities. For more information, call (618) 939-7389.


Lebanon’s Fall Festival

Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Historic Downtown Lebanon


Over 100 crafters, good food, music and children’s activities. For more information, call (618) 537-8420.


Belleville Fall Museum Day

Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.



Join the St. Clair County Historical Society, Belleville Historical Society, Labor & Industry Museum and the Gustave Koerner House for a fun, educational day of exhibits, hands-on activities, demonstrations, food and drink. For more information, call (618) 234-0600.


Southern Gospel Concert

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive

Suggested donation $7

The ‘Woodsmen Quartet’ from Batesville, IN will perform. For more information, visit


OCT.  1-2


French and Indian War Encampment

Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-noon

Fort Du Chartres, Prairie du Rocher


Re-enactors demonstrate everyday camp activities. Event sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. For more information, call (618) 284-7230.


OCT.  2


Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, 2 p.m.

Episcopal Parish of Alton, 10 E. Third St.

All creatures are welcome and will receive a personal blessing, a certificate, and a St. Francis medal. For more information, visit


Artifact Identification Day

Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville


Bring artifacts for archaeologists to identify. For more information, call (618) 346-5160.


Bluegrass Festival and Car Cruise

Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

8729 Lebanon Road, Troy

$5; children under 10 free

Bring your own seating to enjoy the music of ‘Tim Quinn & Clare Kukielski,’ ‘The Red Haired Boys,’ and ‘Bob Johnson and Friends.’ For more information, call (618) 667-6868.


OCT.  4


Audubon Society Fall Meeting

Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Audubon Center, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, Mo.


The evening’s speaker will be Katie Mainor. Topics discussed will be snapping turtle management, Asian carp research, and catfish diet. For more information, visit



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